To Really feel the Music: A Songwriter’s Mission to Save Higher-High-quality Audio | Below the Radar
October 17, 2019
Neil Young and Phil Baker
To Really feel the Music: A Songwriter’s Mission to Save Higher-High-quality Audio
Published by BenBella
Oct 17, 2019
By Frank Valish
In To Really feel the Music, Neil Young, along with colleague Phil Baker, chronicle their years-extended struggle to make Young’s Pono player a reality and in turn modify the way we listen to digital music. Pono was Young’s brainchild, the culmination of years of preaching about the limitations of mp3s and the way in which the business was capitalizing on poor excellent audio. Baker was the man Young brought on to assist him comprehend his vision, and with each other, in alternating chapters written by each and every, they describe their journey to Pono and beyond.
Young starts the proceedings by sketching out his factors for the projects the limitations of digital and CD audio are discussed and the rationale for a greater solution detailed. But in several approaches, Baker handles the heavy lifting in To Really feel the Music. With an intimate information of the specifics of solution improvement, Baker requires the reader step-by-step from Young’s initial vision, via all the hiccups along the way, to the final Pono solution. Eventually, even the downfall of Pono is described, and a single can certainly really feel for Young and Baker. For many factors, the globe wasn’t prepared for Pono as a be-all-finish-all replacement to all digital solution.
But the story has a content ending, albeit probably not a ideal a single for Young and Baker. And that is with Young’s Archives project. With it, Young has, to paraphrase this book’s subtitle, saved higher-excellent audio, setting up an on the web spot for fans to peruse and not only listen to Young’s music, but knowledge his history and story, in a higher-excellent audio setting.
Regardless of Pono’s lack of marketplace traction, the accomplishment of To Really feel the Music is in the passion Young brings to his mission to save audio. His factors are just. His dedication bleeds from the web page. And you get the feeling, regardless of any setbacks, he will not cease till we’re all listening to music once more the way it was supposed to be heard.